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Randy Moore


A picture of Forest Service Chief Randy Moore.

Randy Moore is Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, leading a workforce of more than 25,000 permanent employees who sustainably manage 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands; support the world’s largest forestry research organization; and work with states, tribes, and others to sustain all of America’s forests for the benefit of all citizens, today and in the future. Under his leadership, the Forest Service cares for shared natural resources in ways that promote lasting economic, ecological, and social vitality for all communities nationwide.

Randy has been a catalyst for change throughout his 44-year career. As Chief, he contributes to our nation’s most pressing challenges: tackling climate change, advancing racial equity and helping the people we serve recover and heal from the global pandemic, in part through connection with our treasured public lands. Randy is committed to seeking new and better ways to address the many issues facing our ecosystems, our communities, and our employees.

Randy believes strongly that a leader must adapt and grow, but that there are some principles that always hold true: a leader must be fair, inclusive, willing to listen and trust his employees. He is committed to the Forest Service mission, distilling it to its core of improving forest conditions by bringing together partners running the gamut from industry to the environmental community to private, tribal, and government stewards of the land. 

Prior to serving as Chief, he served as Pacific Southwest Regional Forester, where he was responsible for 18 national forests in California, covering one-fifth of the state on 20 million acres of land. He also oversaw State & Private Forestry programs in Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. Randy has also served as Regional Forester for the Eastern Region in Wisconsin, forest supervisor for Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, and in myriad other roles throughout the agency. He began his 44-year career in 1978 with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Dakota and joined the Forest Service in 1981.

Angela Coleman

Associate Chief

Angela Coleman

Angela Coleman serves as the Associate Chief of the USDA Forest Service. Prior to this new assignment, she served as Forest Service Chief of Staff beginning in 2015, where she oversaw the Chief’s Office daily operations and staff, issues management, Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs programs. She provided senior-level support to the Chief of the agency and the Executive Leadership Team to advance and deliver the agency’s natural resource conservation mission.

Angela has served in numerous leadership roles with the Forest Service, to include Washington Office roles as Associate Deputy Chief, Business Operations; and Associate Deputy Chief, Research and Development. Before that, she served as Deputy Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region for National Forests located in California and parts of Nevada. She also served for seven years as Regional Communications Director for the Southern Region in Atlanta. A native of Phenix City, Alabama, Angela has amassed more than 27 years with the Forest Service. She launched her career as a professional journalist with News Media conglomerate Knight-Ridder, serving as a news reporter for the Pulitzer-prize winning Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Angela has served as a member of both the natural resource conservation and communications communities, including The National Wild Turkey Federation and Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists. A summa cum laude graduate of Troy University, she completed post graduate course work at American University, Washington, D.C. She also served as a Senior Executive Fellow for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Angela was sworn in as a member of the Senior Executive Service.